It’s hard to argue and I know you’ll agree with me when I say
That if you are not able to use your dominant arm 100 percent, it can not only prevent you from doing things you love but it can make simple, everyday tasks very frustrating.
Well it turns out that the elbow stiffness that you are experiencing is much more common than you would think, and there is a simple one-two punch that works very well to help get rid of it.
And today I am going to tell you what that one-two punch is plus shed some light on the reasons why your elbow is tense, stiff, tight and hard to move.
Waking up in the morning and extending/stretching your arms upwards is usually a painless experience.
Sadly for some individuals their arms are so stiff, tense and tight, this is not possible.
This is not normal.
These types of symptoms are usually an indication that you have caused trauma to your forearm extensor or flexor muscles and/or tendons.
So what does this mean for you?
First you need to understand how this happened to your elbow, and then learn as much as you can about the muscles that attach at your elbow.
Considering that there are 2 muscles that attach at your elbow bones:
1) Flexor muscle
2) Extensor muscle
These forearm muscles are attached to your ulna and radius bones via their tendons.
The names of these tendons are the same as the muscles – flexor and extensor tendons.
Injuries that happen to your tendons and muscles cause them to constrict and shorten.
This is crazy: Your once strong, flexible and healthy forearm muscles are not capable of moving and sliding as freely as they once did.
Want a detailed medical explanation, then go here and read this medical journal.
Because all of the muscles in your body are connected, this causes a chain reaction further up or down your limbs.
And in this case, your elbow.
Injury to the right or left forearm flexor muscle gives you tight, restrictive feeling and pulls on your flexor tendon which attaches at your elbow.
When it happens to your extensor muscles – it causes stiffness and tension on your extensor tendon.
This shows up as tightness in your elbow that interferes with your daily routine.
What A Stiff Elbow Is Usually A Sign Of and Why You Need to Pay Attention
The tension, tightness and stiffness on the inner part of your elbow usually signifies a golfers elbow injury.
It is defined as a repetitive strain injury( there are many RSI’s) that doesn’t just happen to golfers like Tiger Woods.
Let me ask you – do you perform repetitive movements with your dominant arm?
Has this constant and repetitive use of your arm been going on for a long period of time?
Then just like a ticking time bomb, your tendons which attach at your elbow will eventually fail and become inflamed!
It’s just a matter of when!
Dull pain, tender to the touch and discomfort on the inner part of your elbow is nothing to laugh about.
A contributing factor and well known cause is due to the constant squeezing or gripping some sort of tool or object combined with wrist flexion, the result is often elbow pain.
Swinging and gripping a golf club, using a shovel or other gardening tools, carrying grocery bags, etc are all movements that are painful and no fun.
On the reverse side furthest away from your body(lateral side) , you can experience stiffness that affects the outer part.
Doctors and medical professional refer to it as lateral epicondylitis, you and I call it tennis elbow.
Like it’s twin brother, golfers elbow, it too is a repetitive strain injury that usually affects your dominant arm.
In only the most rare and bizarre cases does it happen from striking your elbow on a hard surface or come on overnight.
RSI’s like tennis and golfers elbow take time to develop and is directly caused from using your arm for repetitive tasks.
As with golfers elbow(medical epicondylitis), you notice an increase in outer elbow pain when gripping, holding or squeezing down tightly on an object.
The most troubling and disturbing thing about tennis elbow is that whenever you extend or bend your wrist upwards, your pain increases.
You might be wondering about:
Popular sports, activities, careers, movements or jobs that are notorious for elbow injuries include manual labour jobs, working with small instruments on a daily basis(ie: Dentist, jeweller, watch repair, etc), computer programmers, data entry workers, factory workers, chefs, contraction workers, DIY weekend warriors, racquet sport players, recreational fisherman, archery enthusiasts, plumbers, painters, musicians, etc.
Check out and give this Simple One-Two Punch Formula A Try to Knock Out the Stiffness in Your Elbow
You will need:
Bucket of hot water( not boiling ) and bucket of ice cold water( yes with ice in the water! )
Want to know the most troubling thing about these injuries?
Just like other injuries, there are small little aches and pains that are regardless of how small, are signs of a bigger problem.
Not many people know this but another symptom to tell that you elbow tightness and stiffness is more than just sleeping on your arm in a funny position, is your grip.
A weakening grip or noticing that you drop or fumble with even the lightest objects can be an indication of tennis elbow.
Your elbow pain even follows you to social settings and gatherings, you may notice that shaking hands causes pain in your in your elbow.
What about elbow stiffness at night?
This could be another strong indicator of a tennis elbow injury.
You must know that I am not a Doctor or am I pretending to be one, but the only way to know for sure that you are suffering from tennis elbow is by having your elbow examined by your Doctor.
Got confirmation? Great that means it’s time to speed things up and move into the treatment phase.
But this is what you must know!
Thankfully tennis elbow has never been easier to treat and overcome as long as you know the right steps to take and following a step-by-step methodology.
But here’s the kicker:
Forget about having to sit until your butt goes numb in your Doctor’s or Physical Therapist’s office in search of a remedy for your tennis elbow injury.
Here’s the deal:
You really need to avoid and stop taking the easy route when it comes to overcoming and permanently curing your tennis elbow.
A quick fix for it, really doesn’t exist!
As a former tennis elbow survivor, I know what works for tennis elbow and works quite well, is this 5 step formula you can do at home.